Innovation: ECOWEB, Your Gateway to European Eco-Innovations

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eco-innovation, technology transfer
Europe has a leading position in eco-innovation patents and emerging technologies. Although the EU achieves a remarkably high annual growth rate of 16% in eco-innovation, transfer to SMEs is rather low.
To enhance the greening of the European economy, the transformation of scientific research into self-sustaining market products is a key factor, one of the great challenges in any market economy. Barriers such as language and accessibility to information hinder an effective uptake of eco-innovations across Europe.

To bridge this gap, the ECOWEB online platform has been developed within the EcoWeb project; to help businesses and researchers interact. ECOWEB is a smart online platform which gathers over 3.000 eco-innovations, including technologies, applications, products, patents, processes and other solutions.

As the Coordinator of the ECOWEB project Georg Melzer says: “Take-up of EU funded research has always been a challenge. ECOWEB will actively promote top EU research and make it visible. Knowledge that has been locked away in separate websites will be pushed through existing networks and turned into products”.

ECOWEB is a new tool that brings research to realisation. It aims to increase the development and uptake of eco-innovations. Therefore, ECOWEB presents up-to-date information on eco-innovations in a user-friendly way and provides contact data of the project partners.

Project vision of the ECOWEB team: “What makes ECOWEB platform unique is the customised display of information leading to relevant results and the compromise to create a sustainable platform after project end with search functionalities for free.”
The platform will be online at least until 2016 with continuously updated information.

PROJECT GOALS:

EcoWeb will collect and make accessible results and information available on FP6, FP7, CIP and Life+ projects in the area of Eco-Innovation through an innovative online platform: ECOWEB.

ECOWEB is a platform that connects EU-funded eco-innovations with enterprises, researchers and multipliers.
In addition, the project team will engage existing European networks and organisations to spread the word on ECOWEB to European SMEs.
The final product of the project will be an online platform inviting SMEs and industry, to get in touch with eco-innovative knowledge and technologies of their interests for fast uptake and integration into their businesses.

The automatic integration of information from official databases of the EC funding programmes further complemented with updates from projects’ official websites and quality ensured through the validation and update through the project managers, together with a customer centred design, allow for an easy and effective search experience for the user.
The final ECOWEB online platform.

ECOWEB is a smart online platform which gathers over 3.000 eco-innovations, including technologies, applications, products, patents, processes and other solutions. A tool supporting development and marketing of eco-innovation.

It aims to increase the development and uptake of eco-innovations. Therefore, ECOWEB presents up-to-date information on eco-innovations in a user-friendly way and provides contact data of the project partners.

ECOWEB has been customized for European SMEs to find up-to-date information highlights on European eco-innovations. The information on eco-innovations can be filtered by topic, outcome, status, funding programme or partners involved, among other filtering options. There is a "Guided Search" tool to help users find the eco-innovations that best suits their needs or interests. Other services allow users to obtain the latest news and updates, share interesting eco-innovations and Eco-innovation boxes (web widgets).

Since July 2013, the platform is finalized and fully operational. The platform will be online at least until 2016 with continuously updated information.
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This innovation is the result of the project

Title: EcoWeb a dynamic e-dissemination platformfor EU eco-innovation research results

Acronym: 
ECOWEB

Runtime: 
01.09.2011 to 31.08.2013

Status: 
completed project

Organisations and people involved in this eco-innovation.

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EUTEMA TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT GMBH & CO KG

Field: ICT & Media, Other service activities, Scientific research and development (Austria)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Mr. MELZER Georg

Website: http://www.eutema.com

Phone: +43-15245316

Contact

AGENZIA PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA RICERCA EUROPEA

(Italy)

Role in project: Dissemination and exploitation

Contact person: Ms. DI MAGGIO Diassina

Website: http://www.apre.it

Phone: +39-648939993

Contact

ASSOCIATION POUR LA PROMOTION ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT INTERNATIONAL DES ECO-ENTREPRISES DE FRANCE - ASSOCIATION PEXE

(France)

Role in project: Dissemination and exploitation

Contact person: Ms. LORENZ Marie

Website: http://www.pexe.fr

Phone: +33-155653378

Contact

B.A.U.M. CONSULT GMBH

(Germany)

Role in project: Dissemination and exploitation

Contact person: Mr. VON JAGWITZ Alexander

Website: http://www.baumgroup.de

Phone: +49-8918350

Contact

OSTERREICHISCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUR UMWELT UND TECHNIK

(Austria)

Role in project: Dissemination and exploitation

Contact person: Mr. BAYER Gerhard

Website: http://www.oegut.at

Phone: +43-13156393

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SMART INFORMATION SYSTEMS GMBH

Field: ICT & Media, Scientific research and development (Austria)

Role in project: Implementation

Contact person: Dr. SCHLIEFNIG Martin

Website: http://smartassistant.info/en

Phone: +43-1890531850

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UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Field: Scientific research and development (Germany)

Role in project: Evaluation

Contact person: Prof. ZIEGLER Jürgen

Website: http://www.uni-duisburg-essen.de

Phone: +49-2033792270

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